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Best Movies of 2013

March 25, 2014

Best Movies of 2013

Though many critics (amateur and otherwise) have already announced this list months ago, my laid-back and delayed announcement is due to the fact that I have the advantage of spreading out my movie-viewing schedule in the first few months of the beginning of the calendar year.  This includes the best movies of the previous year which were mostly released in December to qualify for the grand awards season.

My merit system is different.  Instead of guaranteeing a winner in each category, I only give praise to those who truly deserve it.  Some categories have ties.

The films of 2013 are rated using the Olympic medal systems, depending on how much I liked them.

For the list below, the movies in each category are listed in the chronological order in which I saw them:


Best Movies:


Gold Medal:

Before Midnight (U.S. Independent)


Silver Medals:

12 Years a Slave (U.K. / U.S Indie)

The Past (France)


Bronze Medals:

Philomena (U.K. / U.S. Indie)

Her (U.S. / Hollywood)

Twenty Feet From Stardom (U.S. Documentary)


Best Directing:

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

Asghar Farhadi (The Past)


Best Screenplay:

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)


Best Acting:

Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)

Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks – U.K. / Australia / U.S. – Hollywood)


Best Technical Aspects:

Gravity (U.S. – Hollywood)


Great Old Films Seen for the First Time in 2013:

Kapo (1959 – Italy)

Les Biches (1968 – France)

Weekend (2011 – U.K. / GLBT content)

Jezebel (1938 – U.S.)

Dangerous (1935 – U.S.)


Great Films Seen Again in 2013:

Saturday Night Fever (1977 – U.S.)

Love Story (1970 – U.S.)

Superman (1978- U.S.)

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967 – France)

All About Eve (1950 – U.S.)

Dead Ringers (1988 – Canada)

The Little Foxes (1941 – U.S.)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947 – U.S)


A special note:  while I recently gave high praise to “Stranger by the Lake”, this movie is considered a 2014 release so it will appear on next year’s list.

Happy Movie-going to all of you in the remainder of 2014.


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One Comment
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    Bonjour Dennis, merci de m’avoir fait parvenir ton blog sur les fims. Super intéressant. J’ai pu finalement lire ta critique sur le film Blue Jasmine, et j’étais d’accord avec toi. C’est un des meilleur film sur le sujet que j’ai jamais vu, et les différentes vues sur les classes sociales et comment les gens s’évaluent est super juste. J’ai littéralement adoré Cate Blanchet, et les autres personnages étaient bon. Sa soeur était vraiment bonne, et son chum. Michael m’a acheté le dvd pour ma fête.

    Au plaisir, Sylvie.

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